‘Out of the Furnace’ is a gripping and gritty drama about fate, circumstance, and justice.
Oscar-winner Christian Bale stars as Russell, a steel worker whose brother – who has just returned from Iraq – gets lured into a crime ring and mysteriously disappears.
At first, Bale had to turn down the role because of other projects but in the end, he came back to it:
“I just kept on thinking about the film, for no particular reason, it was a gut instinct, really. I kept thinking about it. And I gave Scott (Cooper, the film’s director) a call just to see how he was doing, just to be supportive and say ‘How is the film going? Who did you cast,’ etc. He said ‘No, I didn’t cast anybody else, I said I was waiting for you and I did,’ so at that point I said ‘All right, well, let’s see if we can get it cracking’, and we had a very short window of time,” said Christian Bale.
Director Scott Cooper shot to global fame with his last movie ‘Crazy Heart’, which won a number of awards, including two Oscars and two Golden Globes.
“I write with people in mind. I wrote ‘Crazy Heart’ for Jeff Bridges and I didn’t know Jeff and I didn’t know Christian (Bale), but have long admired his work and I wanted to see something out of Christian that I had never seen from him. A kind of sense of vulnerability and kindness, and clearly we’ve seen him play courage and strength, but I wanted to see that balance,” said Cooper.
As the police fail to crack the case, Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother, played by Casey Affleck.
“I think he is incredibly unique in that he is really a pure actor. I think this is what he is meant to do and he is exceptionally good at it. He is not doing it because it’s fun to be an actor, or because he wants to be famous or rich, or he likes talking to lovely interviewers, he’s just doing it because he is drawn to it,” said Affleck when asked about Christian Bale.
Packed with a number of A-listers including Woody Harrelson, William Dafoe and Zoe Saldana, the film was produced by Leo Di Caprio and Ridley Scott among others.
While the actors have received unanimous praise for their performances, the film itself has received mixed reviews, with some critics deploring an uneven script that fails to hold the viewers’ attention and do the actors justice.
‘Out of the Furnace’ is out now in the US and from January across Europe.